Discount for kids under age of 18

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Hello! I am a 15 year old in BC and I really want to get my own phone. My parents say that because I am starting to mature I should be able to pay for my own phone. Now like any other 15 year old that doesn't seem that bad, like seriously? How much could a phone plan cost anyways! Well, as I now know... YIKES! It's a lot of money for a plan and the phone combined. I have my own job and usually works twice a week for 7 hours at minimum wage. Yes, I have some money to pay for a phone but in all fairness... Should a young , hard working , dedicated teenager that really wants to pay for there own phone, be having to pay so much...? What my point is that I personally think that young adults under the age of 18 should at least have a discount or some sort of deduction. Take a look at bank companies, they themselves offer GREAT deals with the card holders and usually offer free bank accounts until they are able to take care of it themselves, now I am not saying that they should just offer it for free! I am saying that it should at least be a little easier for kids that will eventually be paying a lot of money and also being loyal to there phone company as adults. I posted this as a question because I am curious as to if there is such a thing , if not... I will be moving this to an idea RIGHT away to make sure I am heard and hopefully I can be contacted to make it fair to all young hard working kids out there! Thank you so much for reading this and please comment to me if you share the same idea, or are a Koodo employee and let me know! If you really would like to talk to me and are a Koodo employee please give me an email at Jadenyesmet@gmail.com! Thank you so much and have a good day!
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Posted 12 months ago

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Sophia, Mobile Master

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You can't have a plan, Jaden, you have to be 18 or 19 (I think it's 19 in BC). Have a look at prepaid, you can pay for that yourself.
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Not really what I am getting at here guys.... I am very well aware of that, but what I am trying to say is , why does a teenager have to be paying so much money when you can barely afford it. All my friends are having the same problem. Our parents don't want to pay all this money. We are old enough now to be slowly taking care of these types of things. In the end it's going to be in our parent's name but why should they be having to pay for it
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Prepaid is also a safe way to learn managing your account. You can instantly check how many minutes and data you have left in self serve, plus there's no way to get surprised with overages.
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It's the law, like it or not, Jaden. You are not yet eligible for a credit check, thus no plan (or discount) for minors. If your parents are willing to pay for a plan for you, then congrats, you have extremely generous parents. If they'd be more like mine (I was young once), they would probably teach me responsibility and get me to pay my own way, which would have meant prepaid.

I know it's not the answer you want to hear, but that's the way it is I'm afraid...
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But see, that's not fair, I know its life ( I have heard that term so many times, and it's very true) but still.... I really like Koodo, its the fairest phone company in my opinion. It still doesn't help out the youth. Why doesn't Koodo actually go and talk with there customers and have a separate plan that can work with the law?
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Give your parents a discount so they can buy you a phone?  How does that a) teach you financial responsibility, or b) give YOU a discount which might turn into a lifelong loyalty to Koodo?

Canadian law states that a person under the age of majority CANNOT legally enter into a binding contract, thus there is no way for Koodo to "talk with there customers and have a separate plan that can work with the law."
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This is a good lesson also on affordability. Phones can be very expensive. Thankfully even budget phones can be very useful, or used older flagships. You should look at what's within your means, and you can get plenty good phones for under 200. There is no shame in that. I love super shiny things myself but gotta stick to what I can afford.
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There is no special discount for students, just like there isn't one for retirees Jaden. No differently than if you wanted to buy a TV or something like that. What there is though is a referral program that can get you up to $300 of bill credit (therefore cash saved) that can offset your expenses. Check it out:

https://referafriend.koodomobile.com/public/home.pg?lang=en
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How do you suppose a discount on phones for youth would work without being abused? The youth's parents could simply use their kid to get them a cheaper new phone. There really isnt a good way to regulate it.
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But your still referring a friend that is probably going to be around your age that is still stuck in the same boat for the next couple of years....
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Not all students are created equal. :-) 
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You also have to understand that no teenager NEEDS a new iPhone or Samsung flagship. NEED and WANT are two entirely different things. Start with what you can afford, just like the rest of us did.

That's like walking into a Ferrari dealership and asking them to give you an Enzo cheap because you only make minimum wage and can't afford it.

One thing people (not targeting you specifically) have to learn when they are young, is to live within their means, or it will bite you in the arse later in life.

If you need a phone that badly, grab a used one somewhere and go prepaid. :)